Style Essentials: Ray-Ban Gradient Classic Aviator Sunglasses

Dude, you're not a cop; avoid mirrored lenses on your aviators. Credit: Ray-Ban

You gotta love when the fickle winds of fashion swing back to the classics. That seems to be happening now with tinted and mirrored aviator-style sunglasses, and while you could spend a boatload of cash for one of Saint Laurent’s or Gucci’s versions, why not stick to the brand that invented the style and slip on a pair of Ray-Ban’s? These beauties date back to the ‘30s, when this style of shades was invented by Bausch & Lomb for, wait for it, airplane pilots. They ain’t called aviators for nothing.

Avoid the mirrored lenses unless you’re an L.A. motorcycle cop or Brad Pitt (and even that’s arguable). Instead, check out the Ray-Ban Gradient Classic Aviators with their cool blue tint; and while you can never go wrong with classic gold frames, they’re also available in silver, and, our choice, gunmetal. Pick a pair up at Gilt right now since they’re on sale for $129 (from $165), and get free shipping.